My Black Hole Valentine

My Black Hole Valentine

Three eight-year-old boys in my classroom created a serial story of comic strip characters. Set in another universe, each character had special super-hero qualities.  Some abilities were unique.  Other attributes emerged only in conjunction with the skills of associates, or the task at hand. These characters’ adventures focused on helping each other out of problems, […]


24 Top Leadership Challenges

24 top leadership challenges

What are your leadership challenges? These are the challenges that leaders of all types have said were their top issues.   Developing managerial effectiveness Inspiring others Developing employees Leading a team Guiding change Managing internal stakeholders Succumbing to easy Shifting from me to we Feeding the action addiction Conflicts of priority Virtual team globalization Internet […]


How Learning Takes Place

How Learning Takes Place

In this Kids Talk Series, Exponential Education, we consider how learning takes place. Does our current educational system meet the reality of how our children really learn? Read the Exponential Education Series to help spark discussion within your family and community. Kids Talk Exponential Education Series Towards The New Education Every Brain Is Unique Learning […]


Read The Children’s Literacy Series

understanding how children learn to read

Here are ten articles from my Children’s Literacy Series to help you understand the process of how children learn to read. Most reading difficulties might be avoided if we as parents and teachers knew the importance of the right kind of preparation for reading we could offer to our young children. If you have a […]


What Should Our Children Learn?

What should our children learn?

In the hubbub that is our world, where should we focus our efforts as parents and teachers? What are the most important things for our children to learn? Here is a series of articles that I hope will stimulate your thinking and generate discussion within your family and school community. Learning To Make Good Decisions […]


9 Leadership Steps For Parents and Teachers

9 Leadership Steps

I love to watch leaders grow! It’s fun to see someone take their first steps into leadership. Leadership is a choice, a choice that more of us need to take. At home our children need parent leaders. At school, our children need teachers and administrators to offer clear direction and coaching. Here are some Kids […]


FREE INSTANT WEBINAR | Helping Parents Get Montessori

Are you a school leader concerned about helping your school families “understand” Montessori?    Please join me for an “instant” 45-minute webinar on Helping Parents “Get” Montessori. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: Attracting the right people into your school community Using your choices and expectations to build community Building community with my parent […]


BOOK REVIEW | Why Don’t We Listen Better?

Book review Why don't we listen better

Do you have a book that you tend to go back to time and time again? Jim Petersen’s book, Why Don’t We Listen Better?, is one where I find so much inspiration. In college I majored in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication. After I graduated most people would ask, what kind of major is that? Today […]


FREE WEBINAR: Helping Children Learn To Listen

helping children learn to listen

In my many years of working with young children, there is one question I hear frequently from parents and teachers: How do I get children to listen to me? When we are confronted with tantrums, defiant behavior, or worse, it’s difficult to know what to do. But these situations are usually avoidable, or at least […]


Warm up to the Aloha Leadership Retreat

Aloha Leadership Retreat

The Aloha Leadership Retreat is a dream come true, and you’re invited. Registration is now closed.  Please email Maren@MarenSchmidt.com for possible availability. Email Maren For Availability The Aloha Leadership Retreat will be a small intimate gathering to help you transform your leadership. May 3, 4 and 5, 2019 Aloha means “the presence of breath” or […]